A 21-year-old Chicago man put a hospital on lock-down this Saturday afternoon for almost four hours. The incident first broke out at 12:30 P.M., all while the inmate Tywon Salters was receiving medical treatment near the emergency room. Salters decided to grab the sheriff’s deputy pistol, according to Patrick Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department.
The inmate took hold of a female hospital employee. He kept his hostage in a room near the treatment area. The emergency room was evacuated, and hostage negotiators were brought in to talk with Salters for several hours.
Police and other emergency vehicles blocked off the parking lot outside the emergency room. Meanwhile, helicopters hovered overhead the Delnor-Community Hospital.
Patients were transferred to other nearby hospitals, where they are still receiving care. Kimberly Waterman, a hospital spokeswoman, said that “all of the patients are secure and safe.”
At about 4:15 P.M., this ordeal turned fatal. After negotiations fell through, a SWAT team reportedly neutralized the hostage situation in Delnor Hospital. The inmate was shot and killed. An investigation into the shooting is planned by state police.
The female ER nurse who was taken hostage was not injured.
Normal operations within Delnor’s emergency room resumed at 6 P.M. Meanwhile, ambulance service will continue, starting at 8 P.M. tonight.
Who is Tywon Salters?
Salters had been in prison for two months prior to the hostage crisis. He was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle out of Elgin, Illinois. This inmate was a patient at Delnor Hospital since May 8th. Records show that Salters was 6-foot-one-inches tall. His recorded weight was set at 155 pounds. We’ll provide more information on the deceased when that info becomes available.
Where is this hospital located?
Delnor-Community Hospital is located on 300 Randall Rd, in Geneva, Illinois. Here is where the hostage standoff took place.